North America

Chihuahua: Is It a Drought or Climate Change?

In northern Mexico desiccated cattle carcasses signal a changing climate. Local farmers look to new products, such as non-toxic grains that help retain moisture, to solve their problems.

Mexico: Chihuahua’s Devastating Drought

In the midst of a killer drought, a lake in Chihuahua has dried up, 350,000 cattle have died, and farmers are spending up to $10,000 a month pumping underground water for irrigation.

Playing Music to Escape Mexico Murders

A former school drop-out, Esteban Ruiseco is the type of teenager Mexico's drug cartels prey upon. And he might have joined them, if the clarinet hadn't given him hope for a better future.

Mexico: A Clarinet Instead of a Gun

Juarez is one of the most violent cities in the world and home to many Ninis, young people with little education and no jobs. One youth found refuge in an orchestra.

Mexico: Life and Death in the Northern Pass

Staggering crime rates and economic decline in Ciudad Juarez offer little prospect for young people with no jobs and no education. Many of them are turning to drug cartels for work.

Mexico's Changing Psyche

With at least 48,000 casualties in the last five years, the drug war in Mexico has resulted in widespread desensitization to the violence that permeates daily life.

The War Next Door

Pulitzer Center grantee Dominic Bracco II speaks with KERA News about the impact of Mexico's bloody drug war on those living in Ciudad Juarez.